Friendswood ISD Education Foundation’s Student Grant Committee Meetings began in November 2019. A group of students selected grants to purchase with the funds raised on their campus through foundation’s Mustang Association campaign. The meetings were tailored to each age group and concluded with a vote giving each student a voice and choice in how to invest the funds. The collaborative effort between Friendswood Education Foundation's board of directors, executive director, district administrators, campus principals and parents of participating students helped to teach students about fund management, philanthropy, presentation and critical thinking skills.
RCISD Education Foundation Dog Pen Grant utilized a concept modeled after the television program Shark Tank to allow educators to apply for a $10,000 grant in celebration of the foundation’s 10th anniversary. The Royse City High School CTE Program won the grant for the Bulldog Bites Food Truck. This grant utilizes every department in the district’s CTE program at the high school. Royse City ISD partnered with the foundation and donated a retired school bus to be converted into the food truck. Due to the scope of the project, the need for promotional efforts, uniforms, food and customer service, students in a number of career paths will gain real world experience from working with the food truck including culinary, hospitality, business, finance, health sciences, education, Ag mechanics, audio video production, graphic design, interior design, and fashion.
The Tyler ISD Foundation Construction Certificate Program and Scholarship was the collaboration of two efforts utilizing the construction of two new high schools within Tyler ISD. The first component was the Construction Certificate Program, funded through the Tyler ISD Foundation Grants for Great Ideas program. The grant provided current construction, engineering, and architecture students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and practical knowledge through the high school construction projects. Students had the opportunity to hear from construction consultants, subcontractors, and industry experts during class lectures and participate in hands-on activities. Students toured both construction sites and worked in teams to design and present a construction mock-up model. All activities were aimed at providing students with innovative methods used within the construction industry and providing insight about careers in construction and related fields.
The second component of the program was the Construction Scholarship. Contractors, subcontractors, and professional service firms working on the high school construction projects were given the opportunity to have their logo displayed on a large sign that was located at each job site. All proceeds from these donations were used to fund scholarships for current architecture, engineering, and construction students.